Learn how to get your projects funded, made and seen
Learn how to get your projects funded, made and seen

Intro to Doc Producing Programme Announcement

Windsor International Film Festival and University of Windsor's School of Creative Arts are pleased to present this professional development series in partnership with DOC Institute, and to offer this opportunity to our filmmaking community. Please see this newsletter from DOC Institute for more information.



Early-career & emerging doc filmmakers! Learn how to get your film projects funded, made, and seen with DOC Institute’s producing workshops.
  What is it?
Are you interested in the basics of documentary producing? This series is for you! INTRO TO DOC PRODUCING will be facilitated by arts educator Chanda Chevannes and will consist of online workshops and meetups intended for early-career & emerging documentary filmmakers who want to get their film projects funded, made, and seen.
Three free online workshops will be available to documentary filmmakers across Ontario. Each of these 90-minute sessions will offer an overview of best practices for specific aspects of documentary filmmaking.
(Note: this program was previously called Savvy Producer).
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In this dynamic, interactive crash course, we’ll break down some of the essentials you’ll need to know for a sustainable career in film:
  • How to fund your film
  • The basics of budgeting for docs
  • Festival and distribution strategies
October 13, 7:00-8:30 pm - Intro to Doc Funding
October 20, 7:00-8:30 pm - Intro to Doc Budgeting
October 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm - Intro to Doc Distribution
What do these workshops consist of?

Workshop 1 will focus on demystifying the fundraising process in documentary, by focusing on two common questions that first-time filmmakers ask:
a) Where does the money come from?
b) How do you get it?

Workshop 2 will focus on demystifying the budgeting process through a three-step process:
a) Create a list of budget assumptions
b) Use the Telefilm template and estimate costs
c) Take it to the end

Workshop 3 will focus on demystifying the distribution process, and then move into some specific information on film festivals, which is often the first step in the release of a documentary. We will focus on:
a) Identifying your audience
b) Understanding rights, territories and markets
c) Strategizing your festival release

Participants will receive copies of the PowerPoint, templates, and handouts at the end of the session.

Register here
Following these professional workshops, region-specific meetups will be held.
November 2, 7:00-8:00 pm - Northern Ontario
November 4, 7:00 - 8:00 pm - Eastern Ontario
November 5, 7:00 - 8:00 pm - Southern Ontario
These intimate meetup sessions will focus on introducing participants to local resources - including our festival partners in each area, respectively - and facilitating networking and community-building between filmmakers.

This program is a great refresher for new and emerging producer, filmmakers looking to refresh producing basic, and individuals transitioning into the documentary industry.

DOC Institute strives to serve the needs of the Ontario documentary film community, and it is our goal to expand and create greater access to our professional development programming.
INTRO TO DOC PRODUCING is supported by Ontario Creates and the Ontario Arts Council
Thank you and stay safe, 
The Doc Institute team
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